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The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison which distorts reality many times in many different ways This distortion creates a significant effect on the reader The Narrators blindness his dreams and his surrealistic experiences convey emotion and dramatically show the central theme of the novel a quest for identity much greater then realism would IMs blindness contributes the most to the distortion of the novel during the Battle royal scene The narrator literally and figuratively wears a blindfold in this scene making him blind His literal blindfold gives us a distorted description of the events of the fight itself making it much more dramatic His figurative blindfold introduced in the battle royal scene continues through the book as a symbol of IMs struggle for identity To an extent the reader is kept blind as well while the figurative blindfold is worn because of the first person point of view of the novel We dont really realize the betrayal of Bledsoe or that of the brotherhood until IM does This is achieved through the use of dialogue and descriptive imagery Thus IMs blindness has the effect of blinding the reader distorting everything we think we see Our reality is distorted as much as the narrators is The Invisible Man has many dreams in the novel but none create a greater effect then when IM dreams of his own castration Ellison wants to show here that IM is realizing what all of the other people in the book have been trying to do relieve him of his manhood He does this by evoking a dream from IM one that uses vivid imagery and symbolism This dream like all those in the novel tell IMs thoughts and send a message to the reader The narrator sums up the message when he concludes after his dream I was through and in spite of the dream I was whole The dreams distort reality by symbolizing IMs feelings and thoughts
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